Community Calendar for March 24, 2021
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Easter joy for seniors
The past year has been particularly hard on our seniors and we would like to show them that their community truly loves and cares for them. The Republican Women of Franklinton (RWF) are grateful to be partnering with Good Samaritan Living Center and Heritage Manor for the opportunity to bring joy to their residents this Easter. The RWF would also like to thank the Franklinton Police Department for allowing the lobby as a drop-off location. Facility-approved items include: ink pens, soft drinks, snacks, toothbrushes, socks, soaps, nail polish, nail files, lotion, playing cards, crossword puzzles, Chap Stick, magnifying glasses and toothpaste. In addition to the drop-off box at the FPD lobby, donors can also contact any RWF club member for drop-off. Monetary donations will also be accepted — checks can be mailed to “Republican Women of Franklinton, P.O. Box 355, Franklinton, LA 70438” or via PayPal at email@example.com (please note “Easter basket”). The deadline for donations is Friday, March 26. For additional information or to become a sponsor, call or text Macy McBeth at 985-415-7316, Chelsea Manning at 985-516-3573 or Sarah Cook at 985-515-0720.
Franklinton community clean-up day
The town of Franklinton will have a community clean-up day on Saturday, March 27. The day will begin by meeting at 8 a.m. at the Public Works Department, located at 1108 Lenora St. in Franklinton. Lunch will be served.
Easter Parade of Homes
The Bogalusa Citizens for Art and Culture (BCAC) were so inspired by the Yardi Gras decorations in New Orleans, that the group decided to host something similar for Easter. The BCAC encourages all residents and business owners to decorate their homes and businesses for Easter. Then, submit a picture and your address to “Bogalusa Did You Know” on Facebook or email to BCACCommunity@gmail.com to be posted for judging by the public. The home with the most votes (likes) will win a $100 cash prize. The business with the most votes will receive special recognition and bragging rights, of course. The BCAC would love to see all of the schools decorated, also. All photos must be submitted by Thursday, April 1, at 10 p.m. Whoever has the most votes at noon on Friday, April 2, will win. The longer your photo is up, the more opportunities for votes, so let’s get decorating Bogalusa!
Franklinton Easter egg hunt
The town of Franklinton will have an Easter egg hunt on Friday, April 2, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. at the fairgrounds. Get ready for a fun-filled day of games and surprises for ages 10 and under. Please wear your mask. This event is hosted by the Franklinton Social Planning Committee.
Bogalusa Easter egg hunt
The city of Bogalusa will have its annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 3, from 10 a.m. until noon at Cassidy Park. There will be free admission. Find the golden egg, and win a new bike. The hunt will have 6,000 candy-filled eggs, and also feature a “special appearance” by special cartoon friends.
Testing for home-schooled students
All third-12th grade home-schooled students are invited to participate in the Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (LEAP), which will be administered in Washington Parish schools beginning in April. If you are planning to enroll your student in a Washington Parish school for the 2021-22 school year, it is recommended that your student take the LEAP now rather than testing later for enrollment. All students are welcome to test, even if you plan to continue home-schooling during the 2021-22 school year. Please contact the school in your district before Wednesday, April 7, if your student will participate in LEAP this spring.
YMCA chicken plate fund-raiser
The Bogalusa YMCA will be having a smoked chicken plate fund-raiser on Tuesday, April 13. Pick-up will be available from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., and the plates can be picked up at Nothing But Tha Smoke food stand, located at 424 Superior Ave. in Bogalusa. The cost is $10 each.
Public wi-fi locations
The Washington Parish Library System recently acquired state funding to boost their existing public wi-fi in order to further assist the students of Washington Parish who must do class work virtually. The signal at each branch has been strengthened considerably and usage is unlimited by any number of people. Each branch also has Hot Spots to check out to patrons who have limited access to internet at home or live in rural areas with little internet access. For more information, contact any branch: Bogalusa at 985-735-1961, Franklinton at 985-839-7805, Enon at 985-839-9385 or Thomas at 985-848-7061.